Thursday, January 29, 2015

Development News - Mehcad Brooks Joins 'Supergirl'; 'Limitless' & 'Cuckoo' Adaptations Get Pilot Orders; Plus 4 More Updates!

Development News - January 29, 2015

ABC's Flesh and Blood; CBS' Angel From Hell, Limitless, Supergirl & Untitled O'Shannon & Warren; and NBC's Cuckoo & Strange Calls.

  • Mehcad Brooks (Desperate Housewives, Necessary Roughness) will co-star opposite Melissa Benoist on the drama pilot. He will play Jimmy Olsen, a smart, worldly photographer for CatCo. He has recently been living and working in National City and his salt-of-the-earth nature quickly piques Kara's (Benoist) interest.
  • NBC has given a pilot order to single camera comedy Strange Calls written by Blake McCormick. Executive producers are McCormick, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. 20th Century Fox Television, Kapital Entertainment and Hoodlum will produce. Based on an Australian series of the same name, the project centers on an affable but down on his luck young police officer who is transferred to a rural town where - with the help of a peculiar, elderly night watchman - he realizes the town has a bizarre supernatural underbelly.
  • CBS is moving forward with a second feature film-to-TV adaptation, with a pilot order for drama Limitless based on the 2011 thriller of the same name starring Bradley Cooper. The project picks up where the movie left off and follows Brian Sinclair as he discovers the power of the mysterious drug NZT, and is coerced into using his newfound drug-enhanced abilities to solve weekly cases for the FBI. Craig Sweeny wrote the pilot, and executive produces with Cooper, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley and Tom Forman. Andrew Marcus, Ray Ricord, Leslie Dixon and Scott Kroopf serve as co-executive producers. Neil Burger, who directed the film, is also set to direct and executive produce the pilot. CBS Television Studios, K/O Paper Products, Relativity Television and Yet To Be Named Company will produce.
  • CBS has also given a pilot order to an untitled single camera comedy written by Dan O'Shannon and Peter Warren. O'Shannon will also executive produce, with Clark Peterson, Dennis Erdman, Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum. Warren is a supervising producer. CBS Television Studios and The Tannenbaum Company will produce. The project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives.
  • CBS has additionally given a pilot order to comedy Angel From Hell whose format hasn't been determined yet. Tad Quill wrote the pilot and will executive producer for CBS Television Studios. When Amy enters Allison's life and claims to be her guardian angel, they form an unlikely friendship and Allison can't be sure if Amy is an angel of just nuts.
  • ABC has given a pilot order to drama Flesh and Blood written by Jenna Bans. ABC Studios and Mandeville Productions will produce, with Bans, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks as executive producers. The project follows the return of a politician's young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sending shockwaves throughout their tight knit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.
  • NBC's second comedy pilot order today is for single camera project Cuckoo, an adaptation of the BBC Three comedy series. Writers of the original series Robin French and Kieron Quirke wrote the adaptation, with Tim Long who will serve as showrunner. All three will serve as executive producers along with Ash Atalla for Lionsgate Television and Roughcut Television. The project focuses on a middle-class family whose daughter comes back from a summer abroad married to a charming but infuriating eccentric named Cuckoo, much to her father's annoyance.